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Katie Wedell

Katie Wedell is a data journalist investigating government waste, fraud and abuse as a member of the I-Team. She's won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors of Ohio. Katie has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, writing for the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun, as well as working on the cross-platform breaking news team and digital team. She's a graduate of Miami University and grew up in the Chicago area.

Latest from Katie Wedell

Kirkersville killer was released without a hearing
 A man who killed three people in Kirkersville on May 12 was released early from jail in April without a formal hearing or the approval of the senior probation official, according to a court review of how authorities handled the domestic violence cases against Thomas Hartless in Licking County. The review ordered by Licking County Municipal...

Posted: 4 days ago

A man who killed three people in Kirkersville on May 12 was released early from jail in April without a formal hearing or the approval of the senior probation official, according to a court review of how authorities handled the domestic violence cases against Thomas Hartless in Licking County. The review ordered by Licking County Municipal...
TIMELINE: Killer’s history of violence against woman he shot to death in Kirkersville murders detailed in documents
 Marlina Medrano and Thomas Hartless had a complicated history that included abuse, criminal charges, protection orders, and time and again, second chances and forgiveness. Court documents illustrate the back-and-forth that went on for months before Hartless killed Medrano at the Pine Kirk Care Center, along with her coworker Cindy Krantz...

Posted: 4 days ago

Marlina Medrano and Thomas Hartless had a complicated history that included abuse, criminal charges, protection orders, and time and again, second chances and forgiveness. Court documents illustrate the back-and-forth that went on for months before Hartless killed Medrano at the Pine Kirk Care Center, along with her coworker Cindy Krantz...
Protection orders alone not enough to stop violent abusers.
 Marlina Medrano had a protection order against her boyfriend, Thomas Hartless, but it didn’t save her when he opened fire at the Kirkersville nursing home where she worked. A similar order didn’t spare 10-year-old Samantha Carpenter, who was shot to death in 2014 in her New Paris driveway by her mother’s boyfriend, Brian...

Posted: 4 days ago

Marlina Medrano had a protection order against her boyfriend, Thomas Hartless, but it didn’t save her when he opened fire at the Kirkersville nursing home where she worked. A similar order didn’t spare 10-year-old Samantha Carpenter, who was shot to death in 2014 in her New Paris driveway by her mother’s boyfriend, Brian...
Domestic violence march to honor Kirkersville shooting victim
 Friends of nurse Marlina Medrano are holding an anti-domestic violence march and rally in her honor on May 25, which would have been her 47th birthday.  The event will honor all the victims of the shooting at a Kirkersville nursing home last week in which Medrano’s ex-boyfriend Thomas Hartless killed Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario...

Posted: 5 days ago

Friends of nurse Marlina Medrano are holding an anti-domestic violence march and rally in her honor on May 25, which would have been her 47th birthday.  The event will honor all the victims of the shooting at a Kirkersville nursing home last week in which Medrano’s ex-boyfriend Thomas Hartless killed Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario...
60-plus weapons seized from home of Kirkersville shooter
 Authorities recovered more than 60 guns at the Utica home of Thomas Hartless after he fatally shot three people, including his former girlfriend and a new police chief at a Kirkersville nursing home Friday.  The home on Oakland Avenue belongs to Hartless’s father, but he stayed there off-and-on.  Law enforcement searched the...

Posted: 6 days ago

Authorities recovered more than 60 guns at the Utica home of Thomas Hartless after he fatally shot three people, including his former girlfriend and a new police chief at a Kirkersville nursing home Friday.  The home on Oakland Avenue belongs to Hartless’s father, but he stayed there off-and-on.  Law enforcement searched the...
Slain Kirkersville, Ohio, police chief has ties to area
 The police chief killed by a gunman at a Kirkersville nursing home Friday has ties to the Dayton area through his wife Aryn. Her father and step-mother live in Huber Heights. Her step-mother Vickie Armintrout said Aryn DiSario called this morning in fear because she knew her husband was on duty and couldn’t get any information on the...

Posted: 11 days ago

The police chief killed by a gunman at a Kirkersville nursing home Friday has ties to the Dayton area through his wife Aryn. Her father and step-mother live in Huber Heights. Her step-mother Vickie Armintrout said Aryn DiSario called this morning in fear because she knew her husband was on duty and couldn’t get any information on the...
What we know about the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville
 The Pine Kirk Care Center nursing home in Kirkersville is a small facility of 24 beds. It had 23 residents at its last inspection by the state.  The Kirkersville Police Chief and two employees of the home were killed today when a gunman entered the nursing home and them killed himself. The home is rated as average for health and fire...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Pine Kirk Care Center nursing home in Kirkersville is a small facility of 24 beds. It had 23 residents at its last inspection by the state.  The Kirkersville Police Chief and two employees of the home were killed today when a gunman entered the nursing home and them killed himself. The home is rated as average for health and fire...
Coroner releases new information on Kirkersville fatal shootings
 The Licking County Coroner’s Office released new information late Monday on the manner in which three victims and the shooter died at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville on Friday.  Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario, 38, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he exited his cruiser in the alley behind the nursing home...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Licking County Coroner’s Office released new information late Monday on the manner in which three victims and the shooter died at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville on Friday.  Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario, 38, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he exited his cruiser in the alley behind the nursing home...
Drug company says discount program will lower prescription prices
 The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager has announced a new drug discount program aimed at giving those with high out-of-pocket prescription costs a break on the price of common brand name medicines. Express Scripts announced the launch of Inside Rx on Monday. The new subsidiary is a partnership with GoodRx, an online drug savings...

Posted: 13 days ago

The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager has announced a new drug discount program aimed at giving those with high out-of-pocket prescription costs a break on the price of common brand name medicines. Express Scripts announced the launch of Inside Rx on Monday. The new subsidiary is a partnership with GoodRx, an online drug savings...
Ohio House passes EpiPen access bill
 The House today unanimously approved a bill aimed at making cheaper life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors more accessible. House Bill 101 was introduced in February by Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Twp., and was supported by pharmacy groups. It was passed by the health committee last week and was approved by the full House 93 to zero. The...

Posted: 13 days ago

The House today unanimously approved a bill aimed at making cheaper life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors more accessible. House Bill 101 was introduced in February by Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Twp., and was supported by pharmacy groups. It was passed by the health committee last week and was approved by the full House 93 to zero. The...
House health committee passes EpiPen accessibility bill
 A House bill aimed at making cheaper life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors more accessible passed out of the health committee today. House Bill 101 was introduced in February by Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Twp., and was supported by pharmacy groups. The bill would allow pharmacists to offer patients a cheaper or generic alternative to...

Posted: 20 days ago

A House bill aimed at making cheaper life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors more accessible passed out of the health committee today. House Bill 101 was introduced in February by Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Twp., and was supported by pharmacy groups. The bill would allow pharmacists to offer patients a cheaper or generic alternative to...